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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Johnny A.

Driven
 
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As the liner notes state, Johnny A.’s musical mantra is “melody is king.” And oh, how he proves it here – even when he dusts off his EBow for a side trip into psychedelia on “Out Of Nowhere.” That melodic perspective is extremely important for an (more…)

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Merle Haggard

Okie From Muskogee 45th Anniversary Edition
 
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Merle Haggard’s 1969 anti-hippie anthem “Okie From Muskogee” was part provocation, part spoof. It became such a hit that Capitol Records hustled in October of that year to record an entire live album in Muskogee, Oklahoma, the bucolic town that inspired the song. That LP (more…)

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The Holmes Brothers

Brotherhood
 
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This album’s chock full of solid musicianship, including stylish guitar from co-producer Chris Bruce. Yet the story here, as it is on all Holmes Brothers records, is the vocals and the songs. Sherman and Wendell Holmes, plus Popsy Dixon, fill everything they do with (more…)

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Northwestern PA Guitar Show

 

July 27, at the James E. Winner Jr. Arts and Culture Center, 98 East State Street, Sharon, PA. Show hours 10-6. For more info, contact (724) 983-8222, rosewoods@live.com, accsharon.com. (more…)

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The Supro “Model 24″

 
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Okay, Zep police, sound the alarm and prepare to loose the hounds – we are finally about to lift the lid on the Jimmy Page amp. Well, maybe not the Jimmy Page amp, but almost certainly a Jimmy Page amp, and even this claim should be (more…)

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Eric Johnson

Europe Live
 
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When Eric Johnson came to prominence, he sounded like nothing anyone had ever heard before. He made a Strat sound like a violin, and transformed the Fuzz Face into an instrument of highbrow elegance. The press conjured images of a Texas guitarslinger weaned on Jimi Hendrix, Jeff (more…)

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Goin' Home
 
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The latest from Kenny Wayne Shepherd is an homage to players and songs that influenced him while he was coming up. For the most part, it’s a splendid collection with some of the blistering guitar work you expect. “Palace Of The King” is soul heaven. (more…)

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D’Angelico’s EXL-1 and EX-SS

Deco Redux
 
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3rd Power Solo Dream/Switchback amps Price: $1,859 list/$1,149 street (EXL-1); $1,999 list/$1,409 street (EX-SS) Info: www.dangelicoguitars.com. Images of John D’Angelico crafting masterpieces in his Little Italy shop haunt guitar enthusiasts to this day, implying an era of lost glory. Happily, D’Angelico guitars, long inaccessible to (more…)

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Keith Cameron

Mudhoney: The Sound and the Fury from Seattle
 
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The Year (or so) of Mudhoney rolls on. The long-running Seattle foursome has experienced a resurgence of interest lately. The latest example: this well-researched and crisply written biography from rock journalist Keith Cameron, who’s followed the band ever since a London appearance 25 years ago. Most (more…)

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Alairex H.A.L.O.

Heavenly Possibilities
 
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Alairex H.A.L.O. Price: $399 Info: www.alairex.com. Guitarist Alex Aguilar is a veteran player, former guitar-mag columnist, and today runs an effects company that recently released its first box, the Alairex H.A.L.O., an overdrive pedal designed to produce rich overdrive and multidimensional sounds. H.A.L.O. is (more…)

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